Posted By: Eli Courtwright
Occasionally a program on a Windows machine goes crazy and just hangs. So I’ll call up the task manager and hit the “End Process” button for it. However, this doesn’t always work; if I try it enough times then it’ll usually die eventually, but I’d really like to be able to just kill it immediately. On Linux I could just
kill -9 to guarantee that a process will die.
This also could be used for writing batch scripts and writing batch scripts is programming.
Is there some program or command that comes with Windows that will always kill a process? A free third-party app would be fine, although I’d prefer to be able to do this on machines I sit down at for the first time.
“End Process” on the Processes-Tab calls
TerminateProcess which is the most ultimate way Windows knows to kill a process.
If it doesn’t go away, it’s currently locked waiting on some kernel resource (probably a buggy driver) and there is nothing (short of a reboot) you could do to make the process go away.
Have a look at this blog-entry from wayback when: http://blogs.technet.com/markrussinovich/archive/2005/08/17/unkillable-processes.aspx
Unix based systems like Linux also have that problem where processes could survive a
kill -9 if they are in what’s known as “Uninterruptible sleep” (shown by top and ps as state
D) at which point the processes sleep so well that they can’t process incoming signals (which is what
kill does – sending signals).
Normally, Uninterruptible sleep should not last long, but as under Windows, broken drivers or broken userpace programs (
exec) can end up sleeping in